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Funhouse Considers Targeting Francesa Again

“Tired of focusing on Cowherd, Monday evening was the first time Funhouse publicly questioned if a return to posting Francesa videos was the smart play.”

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Mike Francesa never should have given Funhouse the hand wave, and The Sports Pope all but admitted that two weeks ago when he ended the ban on sharing his video and audio clips. Now Funhouse is pondering the idea of once again sharing Francesa content on Twitter.  

Just over a month ago, Francesa threatened legal action on anyone who shared his show without consent. He blamed the content sharing ban on Entercom, but it appeared to be a direct attack at Funhouse (@backaftathis), the Twitter handle known for highlighting Mike Francesa’s on-air miscues.  Three weeks later, Francesa seemingly tried to make peace with Funhouse, when he tweeted, “Starting immediately, Entercom and RADIO.COM have lifted the restrictions on my audio and video.”

But Funhouse still vowed to never share Francesa clips again, at least not without “a significant annual salary,” from Entercom, the account told the Daily News. Since moving on from Francesa, Funhouse has focused on Colin Cowherd’s show, also sharing videos from Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo, The Michael Kay Show, Felger and Mazz, among other content.

Tired of focusing on Cowherd, Monday evening was the first time Funhouse publicly questioned if a return to posting Francesa videos was the smart play.

https://twitter.com/BackAftaThis/status/1257494375107637249

Many of the Cowherd videos generated near 30k views, with the highest breaking 200k, but a lot of them hovering around just 10k. Most of Russo’s videos were viewed around 50k times, Felger and Mazz broke 200k views, but none reached the more than 300k that watched Francesa’s April 2 threat of legal action against sharing his content.

While Funhouse still regularly produces videos with viewership numbers in the six figures, the Entercom-owned Twitter account dedicated to creating Francesa videos (@MikesOn) had just one clip garner 10k views in the last month, with most of them struggling to get more than 2k clicks. The video that caused an angry Francesa to announce the content sharing ban just over a month ago neared a massive 3 million views before Funhouse removed it.

Funhouse still finds content that generates interest, but most of the account’s following was built off sharing Francesa videos. If put up for vote, Funhouse’s followers would likely say go back to sharing Francesa clips. And while he might not say it publicly, going from more than 2 million people watching his content, down to 2,000 means Francesa should welcome the social media help from Funhouse.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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